Obituaries | In Memory of

Obituaries, In Memory of

Helen Bailey Frashuer

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Helen Bailey Frashuer

Age 95, of Jane Lew, WV, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 09, 2012, following a brief illness.

She was born January 21, 1917, in Weston, WV, a daughter of the late Minter and Rella Bailey.

On January 04, 1941, she married Arnett Frashuer who preceded her in death on November 29, 1989.

She is survived by two daughters; Charlotte Barnette and Jack her husband, and Nancy Cutlip and Bill (deceased), four grandchildren; Jeff Barnette and Sandra, his wife, Robert Barnette and Cecil, his wife, Rita Barnette, and Matthew Barnette and Joanna, his wife; seven great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by four brothers; Minter Jay, William, Howard, and George; two sisters; Wilda and Mary; and two grandchildren, Erin Cutlip and Jackie Wayne Barnette II.

She was a member of McCann’s Run Methodist Church.

She was a store clerk and also worked for the board of education at Jane Lew Elementary School. She was an avid reader, loved to crochet, quilt and enjoyed watching old westerns.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman- Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 from 2:00 to 8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 1:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Jeff Barnette officiating.

Interment will follow services in McCann’s Run Cemetery.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Helen Bailey Frashuer.

Bernice M. Shields

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Bernice M. Shields

Age 95, formerly of Cairo, Glendale Community, WV, passed away June 0, 2012 at CareHaven of Pleasants.

She was born April 30, 1917, a daughter of the late Charles E. Pifer and Hattie (Pyles) Pifer.

She retired from the garment industry in Ritchie County and had worked at numerous factories. She was a member of the Glendale Women’s Club and the Glendale Grange. She was active in the 4H.

Surviving are two daughters, Beulah Webb and her husband Oscar of Shultz Community and Carolyn Lonas and her husband Bob of Washington, WV, brother, Pearly Pifer (Edna) of Pike; and sisters, Polly Wilson of Aliquippa, PA and Mildred Hart of Pike. She also leaves behind four grandchildren, Kenneth Webb, Dan Lonas, Mike Lonas and Trina Barber; great-grandchildren, Nathaniel, Ben, Patience, Cole, Hayden and Corey; and great-great-granddaughter, Trinity Webb.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur Shields; daughter, Barbara Swesey; brothers, Donald and Hershel Pifer; sister, Glenda Martin; and granddaughter, Teresa Lynn Webb, and great grandson, John Alexandar Barber.

Funeral services were Sunday at 2:00 PM at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Cairo.

Interment followed at the Cairo Masonic Cemetery.

Visitation was on Saturday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

LouVonnia Lea Prunty

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LouVonnia Lea Prunty

Age 72 of Pennsboro, WV, passed away June 08, 2012 at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was born January 20, 1940 in Pullman, a daughter of the late Alphred McCloy and Wilma (Jones) McCloy.

Mrs. Prunty was a homemaker and previously worked for the Pennsboro and Harrisville Garment factories. She was an avid quilter and had won numerous blue ribbons and awards for her quilting.

She was a member of the Wince Chapel Church and Ladies Auxillary.

Surviving is her husband of 55 years, Francis Prunty Sr., two sons: Francis (Melanie) Prunty Jr. of Salem and Melvin (Heather) Prunty of Pennsboro, three daughters: April Lynne Prunty of West Union, Angela Christine Prunty of Pennsboro and Melinda Jane Prunty of Pennsboro, brother Alphred “Wimpy” McCloy of Pennsboro, four sisters: Edie Wright of Medina, OH, Ada Bills of Belmont, Wendy Steele of Pennsboro and Linda Kester of St. Marys.

She also leaves behind 12 grandchildren: C. J. Hartman, Chadrick Hartman, Teontia Dailey, Derek Dailey, Rebekah McKinney, Kenda Godfrey, Megan Utter, Marissa Utter, Tiffany Prunty, Brandi Prunty, Nicholas Prunty and Nathan Napier, and nine great grandchildren: Alaiyah Faith James, Christian Andres Ovalle, Whitney Godfrey, Landon Godfrey, Alexzander Sellers, Gavin Hartman, Lucas Hartman, Dylan Keplinger and Kyle Keplinger.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a daughter Louanna L. Prunty, brothers Johnny and Arlie McCloy and sister Elfreda Robinson.

Funeral services will be Monday at 11:00 AM at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro.

Interment will follow at the Mt. Pisgah Church Cemetery, Pullman.

Visitation was on Sunday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Ellen Elizabeth Froehlig

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Ellen Elizabeth Froehlig

Age 93 of Sand Fork Rd. New Milton, WV departed this life on Monday, June 04, 2012 in the United Hospital Center.

She was born in Greenwich, CT. on January 08, 1918 a daughter of the late Delavan and Florence Berry Whaley.

On June 29, 1947 she married George Froehlig who preceded her in death on April 17, 2002.

Surviving is one daughter, Elizabeth Jerrett and husband Paul, New Milton, two grandchildren, Ethan Jerrett, Pittsburgh, PA, Amanda Jerrett, Alpharetta, GA, one brother, Ned Whaley, Portland, ME and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Froehlig was a graduate of Trenton State College, New Jersey where she received a BS degree in Elementary Education. She taught elementary education in California and New Jersey. Ellen had a long and interesting life.

At Ellen’s request she was cremated.

A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Froehlig family.

Stephen G. Bell

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Stephen G. Bell

Age 62, of Niles, died Thursday, May 17, 2012, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

He was born August 07, 1949, in Weston, WV, a son of Glenna Watson of Beloit and the Late Fred Bell.

He worked at Copperweld Steel. He was a veteran of the US Navy, having served during the Vietnam War.

Other than his mother, he is survived by his wife, Janice Bell, whom he married January 10, 1969; Daughters, Melissa (james) Welch of Liberty, and Lisa (Andy Kalinich) Bell of Niles; grandchildren Stephen, Rachael and Sarah Ramsey; his siblings, James (Diane) Bell of Columbiana, Don (Denise) Watson of Minerva, David Watson of Diamond, Keith Watson of Lake Milton, Robert Watson of Beloit, Fred Bell Jr. of Mecca, Darryl (Diane) Watson of San Diego, Sherri (Allen) Dorsey of Damascus, Amy (Harry Sapp) Coldsnow of Penn., Lora (Ray Myers) Harley of Warren, and Susan (Brian) Young of Berlin Center.

He was preceded in death by his father, Fred Bell; Step-father, Alvin Watson; brother, Larry Watson and a sister, Linda Bell.

Calling hours were held at the Carl W. Hall Funeral Home.

Military honors were observed.

Cremation took place following the service.

Cermit Gail Ramsey

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Cermit Gail Ramsey

Age 57, of Dille, WV passed away Friday, June 01, 2012.

He was born in Sutton, WV on June 02, 1954 a son of the late Carl B. Ramsey and Loreta June Butcher Ramsey.

Surviving Cermit are his wife Jo Ann Singleton Ramsey, one son, Randy Conrad and wife Rebecca of Flatwoods; two daughters, Erica Conrad of Canvas and Marie Ramsey of Clay, WV; two brothers, Calvin Ramsey and his wife Brenda of Jewell Ridge, VA and Carlton Ramsey of Brunswick, Ohio; two sisters, Donna Temeszara of Marietta, Ohio and Debbie Gibson of Ohio. Ten grandchildren also survive.

A private family service was held on Sunday, June 03, 2012.

Burial took place immediately after the service.

Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods, WV was in charge of arrangements.

Betty Jean Turner

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Betty Jean Turner

Age 75, of Ireland, WV, died May 29, 2012 at her residence following a brief illness.

She was born November 22, 1936 in Lackey, KY, a daughter of the late James Franklin Meade and Alma Frazier Meade.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Arthur C. Benson; her second husband, James Clyde Thrower; two sons; James Benson and John Benson; one brother, Bill Meade; and one sister, Mary Ellen Hamilton.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Newton Elwood Turner; one son, Michael Thomas Thrower; three daughters; Christine Benson, Mary Riffle and Roxanna Lynn Posey; and several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Betty was Pentecostal by faith.

She had previously worked as a waitress and bartender at Skinner’s Grill.

Friends called from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday, June 01, 2012 at Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Avenue, Weston.

Funeral services were held 11:00 AM Saturday, June 02, at the Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Christopher Wagoner officiating.

Interment followed in Weston Masonic Cemetery.

Connie June Blake

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Connie June Blake

Age 62, of Summersville, WV formerly of Burnsville, WV passed away June 01, 2012.

She was born April 01, 1950 in Olean, New York a daughter of the late Ora and Gornett Gray Underwood.

Connie was a lifelong member of the Burnsville No. 85 Rebekahs.

Connie is survived by a son, Glenn Blake (Racheal) of Burnsville and a daughter, Suzanne Blake Ratliff (Steve) of Baltimore, Maryland. Also surviving is one brother, Roger DeLauder, Phillipi, WV and two sisters; Barbara Anderson, Follansbee, WV and Suzie Gooden, Beckley. Three grandchildren also survive her. She was preceded in death by one brother, Mr. Arley Lee Underwood, Beckley, WV.

Funeral services were held on Monday, June 04, 2012 at 2:00 PM at Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods, WV.

The family received visitors at the funeral home from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM on Monday.

Burial took place in K of P Cemetery, Burnsville, West Virginia.

Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods was in charge of arrangements.

Gerald “Jerry” Frame

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Gerald “Jerry” Frame

Age 76, of Sutton, WV, passed away Wednesday, June 06, 2012 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born on June 14, 1935 in Sutton to the late Lantie Elmore & Thelma Nuzum Frame.

Jerry was owner and operator of Gerald Frame Water Well Drilling.  He graduated Sutton High School Class of 1954, was a Army Veteran, former member of Sutton Fire Department.

He was a Methodist by Faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers; Robert Frame, Jack Frame, sisters; Gene Moffett.

Jerry is survived by his loving wife Myrtle Mullins Frame, sons; Jerry Frame and wife Amy of Sutton, Thomas Frame and wife Tammy of Seattle, WA, daughter; Terri Vidal and husband Leslie of Sutton, grandchildren; Macy Frame, Logan Frame, Amanda Vidal, Abigail Vidal, Andrea Vidal.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, June 10, 2012 at Greene- Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev. Robey Godfrey, Rev. Doug Smailes, Rev. Mark Hornish officiating.

Burial will follow at Frame Cemetery, Herold Road , Sutton.

Friends may call Saturday June 09, 2012 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbly serving the Frame Family.

Bruce W. Townsend

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Bruce W. Townsend

Age 67, of the Glenville Care and Rehabilitation Center, died Sunday, June 03, 2012 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston, following an extended illness.

He was born March 13, 1945 in Gilmer Station, WV, a son of the late Arthur B. Townsend and Lena Parsons Townsend.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two brothers, Arthur Jerry Townsend and Paul W. Townsend; and two sisters, Maxine James and Phyllis “Jackie” Love.

He is survived by one brother, Michael W. Townsend and wife Dolores of Weston; one sister, Peggy E. Bragg of Copen; one sister-in-law, Glenna Lavon Townsend of Jane Lew; and several nieces and nephews, two of which, Betty Townsend and Christina Hall, he had previously resided with.

Bruce had worked as a heavy equipment operator in the mining and construction industries.

He was a veteran, having served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

According to his wishes, cremation services were provided by Boyle Funeral Home, Weston.

Robert Gordon Ware

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Robert Gordon Ware

Age 88, of Sutton, WV, passed away June 04, 2012, at Braxton County Memorial Hospital, Gassaway.

He was born March 13, 1924, in Centralia, WV the son of the late Harrison and Leava Gibson Ware.

Gordon was a member of Elk Memorial Church, Chemical Town and worked for PennLine Services and for Sutton Chemical Plant.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother; Herbert Ware, sisters; Eleanor Hall and Orpha Mace.

Gordon is survived by his sister; Geraldine Ware of Chemical Town, nieces; Phyllis Hamilton Cornwell, Vyonne Ware Farrell, Violet Ware Wainscott, Debbie Dobbins,and Karen Greenlief, nephews; Marty Mace, Kenny Mace, Paul Hamilton, Jr, Jefff Mace.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Friday June 08, 2012 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with the Rev. Linn Schiefer officiating.

Burial will follow at Centralia Cemetery, Centralia, WV.

Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Ware Family.

Howard Eugene Stout

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Howard Eugene Stout

Age 73, of Burnsville, WV passed away at home on May 30, 2012 after a short illness.

Gene was born on August 11, 1938 in Jane Lew, WV a son of the late Lonnie and Sarah Perkins Stout.

He was retired from the WV Department of Highways.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife, Helen L. Stout; two sisters, Mona Facemire and Garnett Smarr; six brothers, Richard, Harry, Murl, Russell, Burt and Dencil.

Gene is survived by two sons, Dywayne Stout and his wife Judy of Franklin, WV and Scottie Stout and his wife Lisa of Orlando, WV; three grandchildren, Tyler Stout, Bryan Stout and Katie Stout and one great-grandchild, Harmony. Also surviving are two brothers, Donnie Stout of Florida and Clarence Stout of Flatwoods, WV.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM Saturday, June 02, 2012 at Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home in Flatwoods with Rev. Donnie Stout officiating.

Burial was in Stout Cemetery in Flatwoods.

Friends called from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Friday evening at the funeral home.

Carla Gail Buck

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Carla Gail Buck

Age 46, of Birch River, WV passed away on June 03, 2012.

She was born on August 17, 1965. Her parents were the late Glen Henry and Etta Jane Green Baughman.

Carla was a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Carla is survived by her daughter Cassandra Stump of Birch River and Fiancée Jeff Hughart, siblings are Daniel Kenneth Clevenger of Akron, Ohio, James E. Clevenger of Elko, Nevada and Caroline Sue Clevenger of Akron, Ohio.

Memorial services were held 6:00 PM Thursday June 07, 2012 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV with Rev. Mark Stump officiating.

Friends called one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to serve the Buck Family.

Maysel Eileen McCloy Beck

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Maysel Eileen McCloy Beck

Age 90, a resident of 509 Brown Ave. in Belington, WV, departed this life at 6:31 PM on Saturday, June 02, 2012in Ruby Memorial Hospital at Morgantown. She had been in declining health for the past two years, but death was unexpected.

She was born April 24, 1922, at Oxford, Doddridge County, WV, a daughter of the late William and Ollive Reed McCloy.

On November 21, 1940, at Catlettsburg, KY, she was united in marriage to the late Rev. Arden R. Beck, who preceded her in death February 17, 2012.

Surviving are one son, Kenneth Beck and wife, Darlene, of Tucson, AZ; one daughter, Arretta Beck of Belington; three grandchildren, Eric Beck of Carlisle, PA, Steven Beck of Califon, NJ and Lauryne Gentzler of Tucson, AZ; and nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving are one brother, Williard McCloy of Parkersburg; and one sister-in-law, Doris McCloy of Grafton.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one infant son, William Edward Beck; four sisters, Inez, Martha, Georgia and Arzee; and five brothers, Lawrence, Stanley, Clarence, Herbert and Willard.

Mrs. Beck attended Doddridge County High School and graduated from Reader High School. She graduated from Malone University in Canton, Ohio, and did graduate work at Kent State and Youngstown State Universities in Ohio. She taught at No. 16 School near Wellsville, Ohio, Park Elementary at Uhrichsville, Ohio, and at Lisbon Middle School, Lisbon, Ohio. She taught for a total of 23 years. She taught private art lessons in her home for several years and in 1987 wrote a children’s book “Leena’s Ribbon,“ which was published in 1995. Maysel worked and supported her husband, Arden, as he was a United Methodist minister for 71 years in West Virginia, Maryland and Ohio. She sang in the church choirs and taught Sunday school and helped with church programs. She was a loving and supportive mother. She was an excellent seamstress, quilter and did needlework. She was an artist and loved to read.

She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Belington and the Ohio Education Association. In the past, she was a member of various education associations.

Friends were received from Talbott Funeral Home in Belington from 4:00 to 9:00 PM on Wednesday, June 06, and on Thursday from 8:00 AM until Noon, at which time she was moved to Asbury United Methodist Church, 512 Beverly Pike, Belington, where she was in state from 1:00 to 2:00 PM, the funeral hour when services will be conducted from the church with the Rev. Judy Flynn officiating.

Interment will follow in Belington Fraternal Cemetery at Belington.

Talbott Funeral Home of Belington is in charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Maysel Eileen McCloy Beck.

McKinley Honors the Life of Former WVU Football Coach Bill Stewart

Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WV) addressed his House colleagues on Wednesday concerning the death of his friend, Bill Stewart.  Rep. McKinley honored his life during a “one minute” speech on House floor.


Below is the text of the speech, as prepared.

“Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute.

Mr. Speaker, the state of West Virginia lost one of its greatest residents last week and I lost a very close friend.

Former head West Virginia University football coach and New Martinsville native Bill Stewart unexpectedly passed away Monday, May 28th..

Stewart was a man of integrity and high moral character who truly practiced what he preached, both on and off the field.

As a head coach for the Mountaineers, he represented our state and the University in the best possible way.

His signature win over Oklahoma in the 2008 Fiesta Bowl launched him into the national spotlight.

His legacy will be the type of life that he led. Coach “Stew” never met a stranger and he never lost sight of his home.

He lived each day to its fullest and had a contagious enthusiasm that impacted everyone around him.

“Leave no doubt,” Bill Stewart will be missed for years to come because he was a man of his word, a man who openly followed his faith, and a dedicated father, husband and friend.

Bill Stewart took the final country road to his place in heaven.

Mr. Speaker, I yield the remainder of my time.”

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